When it rains, it pours. Gary Sánchez, one of the few Yankees off to a decent start this season, left today’s ballgame a couple of innings after taking a foul ball to his hand.
The training staff and Aaron Boone checked on Sánchez immediately, but the backstop remained in the game for the rest of the fourth inning. He even hit in the bottom half of the frame and flew out. His swing didn’t look so great during the at-bat. Gary typically has a one-hand finish, but it looked like he had almost no use of his right arm on any of his swings. It was probably painful to hold the bat.
Come the top half of the fifth, Sánchez warmed up Jordan Montgomery but was removed once the inning was about to begin. Kyle Higashioka took over.
I imagine Sánchez will get some imaging and/or testing done today and we’ll find out more later. We’ll update this post as more details emerge.
UPDATE: No broken bones, thankfully. I imagine Gary won’t play tomorrow and there’s no game on Monday, so hopefully he’s back in the lineup Tuesday. Here’s the Yankees’ announcement:
Gary Sánchez suffered a contusion to his right index and middle fingers. X-rays were negative and he is day-to-day.— New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 17, 2021